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Revealing Failed State - Transnational Crime nexus in the international security discourse - Deconstructing the failed state threat

Erdal, Zeynep LU (2012) FKVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This paper has adopted an inductive approach in answering this paper’s research question; which discursive images does UN draw upon when addressing failed states in their international security policy discourse? Through applying Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, in combination with post-colonial framework, official and current policy UN documents have been analyzed. The documents contain an underlying ethnocentric western discourse that shapes the image of failed state in relation to transnational crime. Failed states are considered as a common signifier for three central transnational threats; organized crime, drugs and terrorism. Since failed states are considered to attract these transnational crimes, it has become a target for... (More)
This paper has adopted an inductive approach in answering this paper’s research question; which discursive images does UN draw upon when addressing failed states in their international security policy discourse? Through applying Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, in combination with post-colonial framework, official and current policy UN documents have been analyzed. The documents contain an underlying ethnocentric western discourse that shapes the image of failed state in relation to transnational crime. Failed states are considered as a common signifier for three central transnational threats; organized crime, drugs and terrorism. Since failed states are considered to attract these transnational crimes, it has become a target for international security policy discourse in which preventive and intervening measures have been legitimized. The analysis revealed that the discursive image of failed states in international security policy discourse has been defined vis-à-vis an invisible failed state-transnational crime nexus. Thus, this paper argues that its association with transnational crime and vice versa determines the threat posed by failed states to international security and peace. (Less)
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author
Erdal, Zeynep LU
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organization
course
FKVK01 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Critical discourse analysis, post-colonialism, failed states, UN, international security discourse and threats, transnational organized crime, failed state-transnational crime nexus.
language
English
id
2968869
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2012-09-05 16:20:25
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2012-09-05 16:20:25
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  abstract     = {This paper has adopted an inductive approach in answering this paper’s research question; which discursive images does UN draw upon when addressing failed states in their international security policy discourse? Through applying Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, in combination with post-colonial framework, official and current policy UN documents have been analyzed. The documents contain an underlying ethnocentric western discourse that shapes the image of failed state in relation to transnational crime. Failed states are considered as a common signifier for three central transnational threats; organized crime, drugs and terrorism. Since failed states are considered to attract these transnational crimes, it has become a target for international security policy discourse in which preventive and intervening measures have been legitimized. The analysis revealed that the discursive image of failed states in international security policy discourse has been defined vis-à-vis an invisible failed state-transnational crime nexus. Thus, this paper argues that its association with transnational crime and vice versa determines the threat posed by failed states to international security and peace.},
  author       = {Erdal, Zeynep},
  keyword      = {Critical discourse analysis,post-colonialism,failed states,UN,international security discourse and threats,transnational organized crime,failed state-transnational crime nexus.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Revealing Failed State - Transnational Crime nexus in the international security discourse - Deconstructing the failed state threat},
  year         = {2012},
}